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					                                                Programme Specification
                    A statement of the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin a
                            taught programme of study leading to an award from
                                          The University of Sheffield
 1    Programme Title                            Bachelor of Dental Surgery
 2    Programme Code                             DENU07
 3    JACS Code                                  Not applicable
 4    Level of Study                             Undergraduate
5a    Final Qualification                        Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
5b    QAA FHEQ Level                             Honours
                                                 DENU21 Dental Science (BMedSci) (Intercalated)
 6    Intermediate Qualification(s)              DENU22 Dental Science (BSc)
                                                 DENUXX Dental Studies BSc (Exit Degree)
 7    Teaching Institution (if not Sheffield)    Not applicable
 8    Faculty                                    Medicine Dentistry and Health
 9    Department                                 School of Clinical Dentistry
      Other Department(s) involved in            Biomedical Science
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      teaching the programme                     School of Medicine
11    Mode(s) of Attendance                      Full-time
12    Duration of the Programme                  Five years
      Accrediting Professional or
13                                               General Dental Council of the United Kingdom
      Statutory Body
14    Date of production/revision                December 2007 / January 2009

15. Background to the programme and subject area

The BDS programme prepares graduates for a career as a dentist and on qualification graduates resident in the
United Kingdom will be able to register with the General Dental Council. This is a non-modular programme.
There are numerous reasons to study dentistry at the University of Sheffield. The School of Clinical Dentistry takes a
lively and innovative approach to preparing students for their future profession, employing dynamic, multidisciplinary
teaching and learning methods designed to meet the different needs of each individual. These are broadly divided
into lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory and practical work, directed self learning and of course clinical work. E-
learning on the University intra-net also plays an important role. Our teaching is informed by the research activities of
the staff and in RAE 2008: the most recent research assessment exercise, 70% of our research was graded as
`world-leading´ or `internationally excellent´. We were ranked 4th among the UK dental schools and were one of the
top performing departments in the University of Sheffield. In 2001 the Quality Assurance Agency awarded the
School an “excellent” rating with a score of 23 out of 24. In a recent Independent Evaluation of Teaching (July 2007),
the School was commended for being of “extremely high quality” and for its “international calibre”.
The programme content is to a large extent governed by the General Dental Council. However, some distinctive
components in the Sheffield programme are: completion of an approved elective project, usually in another
institution; clinical learning in teams working in the Dental Practice Unit, outreach placements in primary care settings
for up to six months; undertaking supervised projects and the opportunity to study for an intercalated Bachelor of
Medical Science degree at the end of the second year (DENU10).
The programme is organised in blocks of teaching and learning called Themes which have specific learning
objectives and are integrated between departments and disciplines. Students learn about „health‟ in all its aspects
alongside „threats to health‟ such as infections, and trauma and how to „maintain health‟, that is how to prevent
disease and also manage patients Teaching of clinical attitudes and skills starts in the first year with clinical
treatment of patients under close supervision commencing in the second year. Towards the end of the course,
students are much more experienced and work more independently especially outside the dental hospital.
A very small number of students who study for the degree in dental surgery find that whilst they are academically
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able, they are unsuited to the more clinical aspects of dentistry. An opportunity for these students to transfer out of
the course and into a BSc in Dental Science is available at the end of the second year (DENU11). These students
are required to undergo a further year of study to gain additional knowledge and insight into research processes
which underpin medical and dental science.
For students who are unable to complete the course for reasons of ill-health etc, but have already successfully
completed the first three years of the programme , an exit degree of a BSc in Dental Studies can be awarded.
(DENU09)
Full details from our prospectus and course information may be found on the School web site at:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/dentalschool/

16. Programme aims

The BDS programme is designed to produce a graduate who has the necessary qualification to enable registration
with the General Dental Council and so practice as a general dentist.
Our aims are:
1. To produce a caring, knowledgeable, competent and skilful dentist who is able, on graduation, to accept
   professional responsibility for the effective and safe care of patients
2. To produce graduates who are able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, understanding, competences,
   skills and attitudes that will enable them to make a safe, caring and continuing contribution towards the
   preservation and maintenance of oral health for each member of the community, based on an appreciation of the
   need to keep up to date and to apply relevant advances in oral health care
3. To have the skills necessary to work effectively as a member of the dental team as well as be able to participate
   in continuing professional development, adapt practice to changing patterns of knowledge, possess a capacity
   for self-audit and maintain an open-minded but critical approach to new information.
The aims of the BMedSci in Dental Science and the BSc in Dental Science are
1. To provide an enhanced knowledge and understanding of a dentally-related scientific discipline
2. To provide an appreciation of research methods appropriate to the chosen discipline and to apply these through
   an extended supervised research project
3. To develop skills in acquiring and evaluating information from the scientific literature.

17. Programme learning outcomes

The BDS Programme.
Knowledge and understanding: At the end of the undergraduate programme students will be able to demonstrate
knowledge and understanding of:
K1      The main principles underlying health promotion and the prevention, treatment and management of oral
        disease
K2      Current terminology used in dentistry and related subjects
K3      Features of common oral disorders and diseases and of those which may be less common but have
        potentially serious consequences, including the underlying processes that may be involved such as genetic
        and developmental disorders, degeneration, metabolic disturbances, inflammation, immunity, infection and
        neoplasia
K4      Applications, integration and relevance of the general principles of medical and allied sciences, including
        mental illness and behavioural sciences, to dentistry.
K5      Features of oral disorders and diseases which may be relevant to specific types of dental practice because of
        their relationship to age, gender, ethnicity, geography or social factors
K6      Inter-relationships between oral disorders and diseases and those affecting other parts of the body
K7      Inter-relationships between the effects of medical and dental treatment
K8      The main ways in which medical, dental and technical specialties are applied to oral health care




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K9      The medico-legal and ethical considerations affecting the roles of dental and related health care personnel
        and their responsibilities in respect of health and safety legislation
K10     A sound knowledge of the process of scientific enquiry
K11     The ways in which health promotion, preventive, operative and therapeutic methods are organised and
        applied to oral health in health care settings and beyond
K12     The relevance of social, environmental, economic and health policies for oral heath and the importance of
        business and risk management in the delivery of health care.

Skills and other attributes: At graduation students will be able to demonstrate the skills necessary to:
S1      Identify individual patients and groups with oral conditions through effective history taking, clinical examining
        and the interpretation of clinical findings
S2      Make suitable and effective arrangements and plans for the investigation, treatment and management of
        patients
S3      Carry out investigative and operative procedures to the highest possible standard within his or her
        competence for the prevention and treatment of oral disorders and diseases
S4      Promote oral health and prevent oral disorders and diseases
S5      Communicate and work effectively with patients, their families and carers, the dental team, other health
        professionals and any other relevant person or group
S6      Obtain reliable information efficiently, assess it objectively, adopt a problem-solving approach, set priorities
        and plan effective solutions
S7      Interpret and apply the results of experimental and clinical research in relation to oral health
S8      Adopt practices that are safe for the patient, the dental team and others who might be affected

BMedSci and BSc programmes
Knowledge and understanding:
Students will have knowledge and understanding of:
K1     The place of research in medicine
K2     Current medical research and it methods
K3     The conduct of research in accordance with correct research methodologies and procedures
K4     The importance of conducting research in accordance with up-to-date ethical guidelines and policies
K5     The fundamental principles of designing research projects and protocols


Skills and other attributes:
Academic and intellectual skills: students will be able to:
S1     Design a research project in accordance with appropriate research methodologies and ethical principles
S2     Exercise independent judgment and critical thinking
S3     Apply basic statistical methods to data evaluation and interpretation
S4     Present work orally and in writing to an academic audience
S5     Where their project requires it, carry out practical experiments and tasks in a laboratory setting in accordance
       with health and safety guidelines
S6     Produce a well-structured and substantial dissertation to present the results of their research project
S7     Conduct an extensive literature review using relevant sources

Skills and other attributes:
Transferable skills: students will be able to:
T1     Apply good time-management skills to structure their work and meet deadlines
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T2     Effectively use a wide range of IT packages for a variety of tasks
T3     Work independently on a project
T4     Display good written and oral communication skills
T5     Understand and apply basic statistical methods
T6     Self-direct their learning

18. Teaching, learning and assessment

BDS Programme.
Development of the learning outcomes is promoted through the following teaching and learning methods:
Our strategy is to offer a variety of appropriate and contemporary teaching methods and learning opportunities and
to use assessment methods relevant to the learning outcomes. Aims and learning outcomes have been identified for
all Themes and for their individual components. These are published in Theme booklets distributed to each student
and to staff involved in the teaching. Feedback to students is provided at all levels and in a variety of ways. The
intentions of feedback are to enable the student to gain more self-knowledge and to congratulate appropriately when
a task has been well done.
Our teaching programme is integrated so that students acquire an understanding of the basic scientific and
pathological processes underlying oral and dental disease at the same time as they learn the skills to manage
patients appropriately and maintain and promote health.
Clinical learning begins at the start of the programme and is integrated between different clinical and scientific
disciplines. Much of the teaching is longitudinal, allowing progressive development of clinical skills, but there are
intermittent block courses in some disciplines to reinforce specific related clinical skills and provide greater breadth of
experience. Clinical learning is provided through demonstrations and the supervision of students treating patients.
(S1-S6, S8).
Practical classes focus on the development of practical skills in a range of disciplines. Students have to
demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skill before undertaking invasive clinical procedures on patients (S3).
Lectures, seminars and tutorials: lectures focus on knowledge and understanding, while tutorials and seminars
are more interactive learning events, dealing with topics in greater depth and developing communication skills (K1-
K12).
Teamwork skills are developed through small group work in various courses and in the Dental Practice Unit and
Outreach. Students sometimes work in pairs, generating an awareness of teamwork and enabling students to learn
from each other (K11, S2, S5, S8).
Independent learning is facilitated through provision of computer aided learning packages and the requirement to
consult original source material for assignments, while transferable skills develop through students being required to
collect, analyse and organise information for oral presentations, word-processed reports or log-books (K1-K12).

Projects. Various projects allow students to study an area in depth promoting all knowledge based outcomes and
the development of transferable skills and foster an interest in continuing professional development (K10, S6, S7).
Transferable skills are also developed throughout the programme and particularly by the elective project that
encourages the development of and an appreciation of research methodology. The periods spent in the Dental
Practice Unit, primary care placements and on the elective, provide opportunities to undertake clinical work in a
variety of settings and to broaden students‟ horizons (S3-S8).


Opportunities to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes are provided through the following
assessment methods:
To improve consistency in assessment processes, the School has common mark scales for written and clinical work,
each mark having clear descriptors relating to knowledge, understanding and professional attitudes. Various forms
of assessment are used throughout the course to achieve both self-knowledge in the student and information about
their abilities. Multiple-choice questions/ extended matching questions, long essays and assignments, short answer
questions, assessed practical‟s (S6), and written and verbal reports and presentations (S7), assess knowledge and
understanding (K1-12). Clinical skills are assessed by tests on models, clinical procedures for patients, evaluation of
clinical information by verbal or written means and by assessment of competency (S1-8). Students‟ professional
attitudes are regularly monitored. The use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) throughout the
course allows criterion-based assessment of competencies. In particular the following assessment methods are
used:
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Formative assessments: There are formative assessments throughout the programme in order to provide
feedback to students concerning their progress. These provide benchmarks of the student‟s abilities and identify
areas of knowledge or skill that might require particular attention. These assessments enable student‟s abilities to be
monitored in terms of practical skills, knowledge and attitudinal characteristics. They provide an opportunity to
identify and rectify areas of weakness and to encourage the further development of areas of strength.
Summative assessments: At the end of the first, second, third and fifth academic years as well as at the end of
semester 1 of the third year there is a professional examination covering the knowledge and skills learnt in the
relevant Themes. These are assessed by an appropriate combination of MCQ/EMQ and short answer questions to
test knowledge (K5, K6, K7, K8, K9, K11, K 12) and OSCE and practical tests where appropriate to determine the
level of clinical or practical competence achieved (S1-5).
In addition to these formal assessments the Dental School Office monitors and maintains a progress file on each
undergraduate student. Student progress is monitored by the Dental School Progress Committee. The number of
students withdrawing from, or required to leave, the BDS programme is very low.


BMedSci and BSc Programmes
Development of the learning outcomes is promoted through the following teaching and learning methods:
All students attend a set programme of teaching sessions at the start of the course covering project design, ethics,
statistics, literature searching and health and safety. Additionally, each student receives an individual programme of
teaching sessions with relevance to the subject matter of his or her research project. This is provided by the
academic department/division in which the student receives supervision and may incorporate, for example, ward
rounds and other clinical sessions, a selection of modules from an existing higher degree course, and instruction in
laboratory methods.
However, due to the high degree of independent thought necessary to complete successfully a BMedSci research
project, students are encouraged to self-direct their learning at every opportunity. This approach is fostered by the
development of a close, professional supervisor/supervisee relationship as is more commonly found in the structure
of higher degrees by research.
Students are encouraged to present their work at departmental research seminars and all students have to attend a
presentation day at the end of the BMedSci year to present their work to an academic audience. Students are also
encouraged to write for publication and to attend conferences in their field wherever possible.


Opportunities to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes are provided through the following
assessment methods:
The learning outcomes relating to the conduct of research, including project design, statistical analysis, interpretation
of results and dissertation, are all subject to summative assessment based on a viva voce examination of the
candidate in terms of his or her dissertation: to count towards 70% of the final mark.
All students also complete two pieces of written work in the form of short assignments relating separately to ethics
and statistical methods. The statistics assignment accounts for 20% of the final mark and the Ethics coursework
10%.

                                                                     TEACHING / LEARNING                                                                                    ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                     Individual research project




                                                                                                                                                                            Viva voce examination on
                                                                                                                                                   Coursework assignments




                                                                                                                                                                                                       Coursework submissions
                                                                      Lectures in Short Course




                                                                                                                                                                            dissertation submission
                                                                                                 Oral presentation




LEARNING OUTCOME

K1 The place of research in medicine                                                      *                                         *
K2 Current medical research and it methods                                                *                                         *
K3 The conduct of research in accordance with correct research
                                                                                          *                                         *                                *                      *                                   *
methodologies and procedures

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K4 The importance of conducting research in accordance with
                                                                      *             *      *                         *
up-to-date ethical guidelines and policies
K5 The fundamental principles of designing research projects
                                                                      *             *                   *
and protocols
S1 Design a research project in accordance with appropriate
                                                                      *             *                   *            *
research methodologies and ethical principles
S2 Exercise independent judgment and critical thinking                        *     *      *            *            *
S3 Apply basic statistical methods to data evaluation and
                                                                      *       *            *            *            *
interpretation
S4 Present work orally and in writing to an academic audience                 *     *      *            *            *
S5 Where their project requires it, carry out practical
experiments and tasks in a laboratory setting in accordance with      *             *
health and safety guidelines
S6 Produce a well-structured and substantial dissertation to
                                                                      *             *                   *
present the results of their research project
S7 Conduct an extensive literature review using relevant
                                                                      *             *                   *            *
sources
T1 Apply good time-management skills to structure their work
                                                                                    *      *                         *
and meet deadlines
T2 Effectively use a wide range of IT packages for a variety of
                                                                              *     *      *                         *
tasks
T3 Work independently on a project                                            *     *      *            *            *
T4 Display good written and oral communication skills                         *     *      *            *            *
T5 Understand and apply basic statistical methods                     *       *     *      *            *            *
T6 Self-direct their learning                                                 *     *      *            *            *
19. Reference points

BDS Programme.
The learning outcomes have been developed to reflect the following points of reference:
        The mission statement of the University of Sheffield: (http://www.shef.ac.uk/genref/cplan/1mission.html)
        The curriculum as published by the General Dental Council in its document “The First Five Years”
         (http://www.gdc-uk.org/pdfs/first_five_years_2002.pdf)
        The benchmarking statements of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in England and
         Wales (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/benchmark/phase2/Dentistry.pdf) with regard to provision of subject
         knowledge and transferable skills..
        The Quality Assurance Agency framework for higher education qualifications
         (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/nqf/ewni2001/annex1.htm#3)
        The Learning and Teaching Strategy of the University of Sheffield
         http://www.shef.ac.uk/tlsu/internal/ltsps/strategy.html
        The guidelines of Honours level courses within the Faculties of Medicine and Science at the University of
         Sheffield (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/2002/part2index.html).

BMedSci and BSc Programmes
The learning outcomes have been developed to reflect the following points of reference:
1. The framework for higher education qualifications (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/nqf/ewni2001/annex1.htm#3)
2. The programme reinforces the benchmark statement
   (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/benchmark/phase2/Dentistry.pdf) with regard to provision of subject knowledge
   and transferable skills.
3. Its learning outcomes reflect skills required of graduates in biomedical
   (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/benchmark/phase2/biomedsci.pdf) and materials science
   (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/crntwork/benchmark/phase2/materials.pdf) to ensure comparability of attainment with
   science graduates.
4. The composition of Honours level courses within the Faculties of Medicine and Pure Science at the University
   of Sheffield (http://www.shef.ac.uk/calendar/2002/part2index.html).
5. The University‟s mission statement.
6. The teaching and learning strategy of the University.

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20. Programme structure and regulations

Please refer to the Programme Regulations, General University Regulations and the On-line Directory of Modules for
detailed information about the structure of programmes, regulations concerning assessment and progression and
descriptions of individual modules.


A person who has passed the First and Second Examination for DENU01 or Part A and Part B Examination for
DENU07 for the Degree of BDS at a standard acceptable to the Board may read for the Degree of BMedSci in Dental
Science. The programme of study shall normally be intercalated between the subjects of the second and third
Examinations for DENU01 and Part B and Part C for DENU07.
The programme of study shall be pursued full-time for forty-eight weeks.
A candidate shall take:
a) Introduction to Research Ethics and Governance Applications of Statistics in Medical and Health Sciences and
b) follow a prescribed programme of study comprising project work and taught components.

Detailed information about the structure of programmes, regulations concerning assessment and progression and
descriptions of individual modules are published in the University Calendar available on-line at
http://www.shef.ac.uk/govern/calendar/regs.html.

21. Student development over the course of study

BDS Programme
The programme is developed in a logical progression, and teaching is integrated between disciplines In the first
year there are two Themes: The Human Body and The Oral Cavity in Health and Disease.
The Human Body introduces students to the structure, function and control of those cells, tissues, organs and
systems of the body relevant to the practice of clinical dentistry. It also introduces students to the dental team, the
use of dental and IT equipment, safety and legal requirements of clinical dental practice and law and ethical
considerations affecting practice together with interpersonal skills.
The Oral Cavity in Health and Disease Theme introduces students to the structure, function and development of the
dental, periodontal tissues and related structures in the oral cavity and head and neck relevant to clinical dental
practice. Students are introduced to the range, aetiology and pathology of common oral diseases and how they may
be prevented and managed. Students also acquire core clinical skills to enable them to carry out simple preventive
procedures safely and effectively on each other.
These subjects are studied within the Dental School and in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. They are taught
by means of lectures, practical and clinical sessions, and tutorials and seminars. The Anatomy teaching involves a
considerable amount of dissection of the thorax, head and neck, where students work in small groups.
The two Themes in the second year, are Growth, Development, Ageing and Nutrition (GDAN) and Basic Oral &
Dental Care. In GDAN students study the basic biological principles governing growth, development, ageing and
nutrition as well as the challenges of providing comprehensive care for both young patients with developing
dentitions and for elderly patients with age-related changes in oral health status.
In Basic Oral & Dental Care students undergo an intensive Clinical skills course which enables them to treat patients
of all ages by the second semester of that year but also consolidates their understanding of disease processes.
At the end of the second year students who find they are not suited to clinical dentistry may transfer to the BSc
course in Dental Science. This is an exit degree and students may not return to the BDS course.
Certain students who are academically able may wish to study for an intercalated BMedSci in Dental Science before
resuming their BDS studies. Both the BSc and BMedSci involve an additional year of study.
The third year builds on the clinical dental aspects already learned but students also start to acquire advanced
clinical skills necessary for successful patient management in the Intermediate Oral & Dental Care Theme. In the
Integrated Human Disease Theme they study the pathological and microbiological basis of human disease along
side the clinical features and principles of management. This knowledge is an essential component of understanding
total patient care.
The fourth year continues to build on all clinical skills learned with emphasis on whole patient care and integrated
clinical practice. In addition students learn in detail the pathological and microbiological basis of diseases of the oral
mucosa, jaw bones and associated tissues as well as diagnosis and management. This year also includes the
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related subject (subject to approval) from the perspective of another culture. In addition students attend Outreach
placements in primary care settings for up to six months giving them the opportunity to treat an extended range of
patients in community clinics, dental access centres and general dental practices.
Clinical experience in Outreach continues into the final year and together with the experience in the Integrated
Patient Care Theme provides students with as much clinical experience as possible, ready for graduation. In the final
year students also work in the Dental Practice Unit each week. This is a unit set up as a general practice, where
students work in their own surgery, with the close support of a nurse, and minimal supervision. This acts as a great
transition from the undergraduate to the general practitioner, and is viewed very enthusiastically by all. In addition
final year students gain experience of the advanced patient management in different dental specialities and how
these function in hospital and university settings.
The BDS degree is not classified but students may obtain the degree “with Honours”. In addition, outstanding
students may gain a distinction in components of the BDS examinations.


BMedSci and BSc Programmes
Due to the diverse nature of the projects taken in this year it is not possible to identify the precise timings of the
development of the knowledge, skills and attributes listed in Section 17.
In order to undertake this project, students must research the available literature, identify suitable research questions
and hypotheses and design experiments that will successfully answer these issues. These activities, as well as the
conduct of the practical experiments, will be facilitated and supervised by an experienced academic tutor.
Throughout the periods of designing and conducting experiments students will be required to read widely around
their subject area and integrate this knowledge and that acquired from teaching during the programme.
It is anticipated that for most students the last two to three months of the year will be spent writing-up their results
and finalising their dissertations.


BSc in Dental Studies
The BSc in Dental Studies is an Exit Award for those students who choose to leave the course after the third Year,
not through failure but for other reasons eg ill-health.

22. Criteria for admission to the programme

BDS Programme
Detailed information regarding admission to the programme is available at http://www.shef.ac.uk/prospective/
The School aims to admit high quality, motivated students and attracts a high number of applications for the places
available on the BDS programme. These include candidates with conventional „A‟ level qualifications or their
equivalent. We welcome mature students and have a few places for students from overseas. The admissions
process for all courses complies with the University‟s equal opportunities policy. The Admissions Tutor, in liaison
with the Dean, selects BDS candidates for interview on evidence of actual academic attainment (e.g. GCSE grades),
predicted grades, their personal statement, the academic referee‟s report and the UKCAT score.
Interviewing BDS candidates is a responsibility shared by all Dental School academic staff, students in the later
years of their course, and with voluntary participation from NHS colleagues. Particular attention is paid to
commitment to dentistry and to Sheffield, evidence of interpersonal skills and manual dexterity, and to general
disposition. To promote consistency of selection, a set of guide questions and criteria have been drawn up in
consultation with staff and a structured interview record is returned to the Admissions Tutor for decision. All
candidates are invited to tour the Dental School and Hospital with a senior dental student, enabling them to ask
questions informally.
The following qualifications are acceptable:
   Three A levels including Chemistry and one other science from Biology, Human Biology, Social Biology, Zoology,
    Physics, Physics & Mathematics, Engineering Science, Nuffield Physical Sciences, Mathematics (Pure &
    Applied), Mathematics with Statistics. The third A level may be in any subject.
   Two A levels including Chemistry, together with one other science subject as listed above plus two AS levels in
    any subjects not offered at A level.
   Two A levels, including Chemistry and any other subject plus two AS levels in science subjects from the list
    above.

                                                                                                                rd
    Scottish Highers three Advanced Highers in Chemistry and one other science at grades AA and B in 3 subject.
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   Irish Leaving Certificate in five subjects at the Higher level including Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
   International Baccalaureate with two science subjects at the Higher level including Chemistry and Biology.
   BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in a relevant science subject.
   UKCAT required.
   Graduate applicants are usually required to obtain at least an upper Second Class Honours in an appropriate
    scientific degree.
Specific information about entry requirements may be found at:
http://www.shef.ac.uk/dentalschool/prospective_ug/bds/applying.html
A range of GCSE or equivalent passes at a minimum of Grade C or above is required including Mathematics,
English and Chemistry, and preferably Biology and Physics if these are not offered at A or AS level or equivalent.
Applicants offering As and Bs are more likely to be offered an interview.
If your qualifications differ from the above, you are advised to check your eligibility directly with the Dental School by
contacting the Admissions Secretary.
Offers may vary according to individual circumstances. Only in exceptional cases will the School consider
applications from candidates resitting A levels who have not previously applied to study dentistry in Sheffield..
Applications from mature students are welcome. Account will be taken of any non-standard qualifications offered by
mature students, including Access courses.
Your application will initially be assessed on the information provided on your application form regarding academic
ability, personal qualities and achievements. You may then be called for interview and an offer of a place may be
made afterwards. No offers are made before an interview has been held. The interview is regarded as an opportunity
for you to visit the University, tour the Dental School and Hospital, and to meet current students. It also gives the
selectors an opportunity to make a further assessment of your ability, motivation and personal qualities before
deciding whether to offer a place.
A proportion of places are taken by graduate applicants, mature students and deferred applicants. Applicants who
take a year off between school and university in order to travel abroad, obtain work experience or do voluntary
service, are viewed in a positive light because the year could be highly beneficial to their personal development.
You are advised to read the section in the UCAS Handbook which is aimed specifically at dental applicants.


BMedSci Programme
Detailed information regarding admission to the programme is available at http://www.shef.ac.uk/prospective/
The programme is normally available to BDS students after passing BDS Part B (end of second year) by which time
they will have received instruction on the human body, the oral cavity in health and disease, growth, development,
ageing and nutrition and basic oral and dental care. Students must discuss their intentions to enter the programme
with their non-academic tutor, BMedSci programme tutor, the Director of Teaching and Learning & the Dean of the
School. In principle students should have passed their professional examinations at the first sitting.


BSc Programme
Detailed information regarding admission to the programme is available at http://www.shef.ac.uk/prospective/
This programme may be available to BDS students who find they are not suited to clinical dentistry. Students will
have passed BDS Part B (end of second year) by which time they will have received instruction on the human body,
the oral cavity in health and disease, growth, development, ageing and nutrition and basic oral and dental care.
Students must discuss their intentions to leave the BDS course and enter the programme with their non-academic
tutor, BSc programme tutor, the Director of Teaching and Learning & the Dean of the School. Once students have
entered this programme they will not be allowed to resume their BDS studies.

23. Additional information

The Dental School in Sheffield was first established in the early 1900s and Sheffield University has been awarding a
degree in Dental Surgery since 1922. The current Dental School building was opened in 1992.
On the ground floor of the School you will find our 120-seat lecture theatre which was upgraded in 2007 and is
equipped with up-to-date audio visual equipment. There are also six seminar/tutorial rooms, an IT Suite with 20
workstations and an internet café / common room. All our academic units have study rooms for use by postgraduate
students and all have access to computer facilities. If you need it, the School has wireless connectivity.
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On the second floor of the School there is a 54-unit recently upgraded Clinical Skills Laboratory with a dental chair
for demonstrations via a live video link and computers offering computer aided learning packages. In the annexe to
the School, we have a newly refurbished 40-unit Dental Technology Laboratory with associated materials processing
facilities.
In 2009 the School opened a new wing which houses purpose-built and state of the art research laboratories for cell
and tissue culture, microbiology, electron microscopy, histology, histochemistry and immuno-cytochemistry,
biochemistry, molecular biology, proteomics and materials science.
The Dental School is connected to the recently redeveloped Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. Completed in 2009,
the redevelopment included the upgrading of many areas within the hospital including new clinical facilities.
The various clinical departments are equipped with dental units in both open clinics and small side clinics. Facilities
for treatment under inhalation anaesthesia as well as conscious sedation and recovery are available. The Dental
Hospital has a well equipped radiography department and we also have our own oral pathology laboratories which
provide support services for all clinical areas. A dental production laboratory supports both undergraduate and
postgraduate teaching and learning as well as providing National Health Service treatment. All these clinical facilities
are used by undergraduate and postgraduate dental students. All students are provided with clinical attire. Changing
rooms and canteen facilities are available in the basement of the Dental Hospital.
For further information prospective students are directed to the School web pages at http://shef.ac.uk/dentalschool/

This specification represents a concise statement about the main features of the programme and should be
considered alongside other sources of information provided by the teaching department(s) and the University. In
addition to programme specific information, further information about studying at The University of Sheffield can be
accessed via our Student Services web site at http://www.shef.ac.uk/ssid.




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